Thread: Chris Kreider
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04-23-2013, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
I think there's a pretty wide gap between Tortorella's opinion of Kreider and where he is in his development, and that of the people who are controlling the roster moves. My issue lies less with Tortorella giving him 4 minutes of ice, but in the fact that the organization seems content with calling him up to play 4 minutes a night. If you want a guy who can play on the 4th line for under 7 minutes per game, do we not have more suitable options than Kreider? Especially considering the kid seemed to finally be putting a bit of a streak together before his umpteenth call-up.
At this point, with the Whale eliminated, I'd rather have CK on the fourth line working on what he needs to work on (playing with tenacity, following through on hits, hustling for all of every shift) than have him doing nothing. Also, I suspect that he would have moved up in the lineup and gotten more minutes had he earned them with his forth line play. He's been better, but with the team in the position it's in, he would need to really assert himself to get more minutes at this point, and he just hasn't done that.

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